The Last Sin: A Detective Cancini Mystery

The Last Sin: A Detective Cancini Mystery

by K.L. Murphy

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ISBN-13: 9780062491633
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Series: Detective Cancini Mysteries , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 11,646
File size: 1 MB

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The Last Sin: A Detective Cancini Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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CMash More than 1 year ago
This was the 3rd book in the Detective Cancini Mysteries but read easily as a stand alone. The very handsome Father Matthew Holland has returned home. As a child he had a very dysfunctional life living with, and losing his drug addicted mother. He fled the the foster care system and had to do what he needed to for survival. But he turned his life around and returned to the neighborhood parish in hopes of helping women, like his mother, and the children who needed a successful path to the future. Then it all ended. He was found dead with a gunshot wound to his face. Did his past sins catch up with him? Or was it his most recent sin where the end justifies the means? And was it really a sin? And now his mentor, Father Joe is missing. This book grabbed and pulled me in from the first few pages to the shocking end. I had trouble putting this book down. I have found a new series that I must read! Compelling! I highly recommend!
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Detective Cancini is called in to investigate the brutal murder of a priest, Father Holland. Then his friend Father Rossi is attacked because someone thinks he knows about Father Holland’s murder. Cancini is almost pulled from the case because of his relationship with Rossi but Cancini plans on figuring out what is really happening one way or another. This is the first book in this series that I have read. Cancini is a tough as nails detective and has personal issues that come into play in this story. But what kind of a detective would he be without family drama, relationship issues, and so much more. That just drew me into this story even more. I didn’t know what to expect, who the killer was, and what the motive was. This is a great, action packed thriller that I had a hard time putting down. I was so turned around that I didn’t expect the motive or the killer. I loved The Last Sin and I will definitely be getting the other books in this series. I received The Last Sin from Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
It’s rare for me to know in just the first few pages that I’ve found a book that truly grabs my attention and hangs on with a vengeance but that’s exactly what happened with The Last Sin. What I expected to be a fairly routine police procedural (which I’m very fond of, by the way) turned out to be much more. When a priest is killed at St. William in Washington, DC, everyone is truly surprised. Who would have wanted Father Matthew Holland dead, this priest in a rundown church located in one of the city’s poorest communities? Certainly, Detective Michael Cancini wasn’t prepared for such a thing and he’s very surprised when he sees the elderly priest who found the body. Cancini is a lapsed Catholic but he’s kept close ties with Father Joe Sweeney. Naturally, such a crime is high profile and Cancini’s connection to Father Joe causes a momentary blip but that’s soon overcome and he and his partner, Smitty Smithson, begin the arduous task of investigating what seems to be a senseless murder, aided by another pair of detectives, Bronson and Jensen. As things develop, it becomes clear that there’s a lot that needs looking into what with hints that Father Holland, who had a rocky past, may have been involved in criminal activity, perhaps even corruption of a different sort, and those aren’t the only possible motives. By the time Cancini figures out what really happened, Father Joe is missing and a killer just might escape justice. There are a number of aspects of this novel that stood out to me. Ms. Murphy has a certain quality in her writing that’s a nice blend of pathos, tension and passion and she has a real grasp on how to put words together in such a fashion as to compel the reader onward. The mystery—and its denouement—here was not at all what I expected and, although I had not read the first two books, I never felt I was missing information. Finally, there are the characters. Cancini has found a place for himself among my favorite police detectives and Smitty is not far behind. What really struck me, though, were the nuances of Cancini’s interactions with other people, including less stellar detectives, a local reporter and Father Joe himself. Even the killer is a very interesting player, the type that fascinates students of abnormal psychology. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Mike and Smitty and will begin by reading the first two books. In the meantime, The Last Sin is going on my list of best books read in 2017.